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Lagos Dolphin & whale watching

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Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

1. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists

Leaving from the Marine de Lagos, you’ll be taken on a thrilling 1.5-hour ride into the Atlantic Ocean in search of wild dolphins. The high success rate and professional crew make this a must-do tour while in Lagos.   Hop on board the boat and then relax on the bench seating. Take advantage of the extra viewing room, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The marine biologist on board will help identify the dolphins and interpret their behavior. They’ll be collecting data while on board for the purpose of preservation and conservation of these beautiful animals, as well as passing their knowledge on to you. Every trip is a meaningful excursion that provides great memories and education, as well as supplying scientific data to help future conservation projects.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

2. Lagos: Dolphin Watching with Professional Marine Biologists

Dolphin watching is a must-do activity for anyone visiting the Algarve! With a tour provider that has over 30-years experience, you can get up close and personal to one of nature's most spectacular and fascinating creatures.  Take part in a tour with the first ever company to search for dolphins in Algarve, and enjoy the experience with guides who have over 30-years experience. This is a day trip along the stunning coast of Southern Portugal you'll never forget. You have the ability to go on a boat ride that will suit all your adventure needs, including, riding on a world-renowned dolphin searching boat "the Tornado rib". Feel the thrill of the wind in your face as you glide across the glistening Atlantic Ocean in search of beautiful bottlenose and common dolphins or even other different species of Wildlife, before gently settling amongst the pods to watch them dance and play in their natural habitat. This tour lasts approximately 90-minutes and runs throughout each day from Lagos, Alvor and Portimão.

From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

3. From Lagos: Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Meet your experienced crew at the Marina de Lagos and get a safety briefing before you set sail off the coast of the Algarve. Look for dolphins aboard a rigid inflatable boat in a small group of no more than 12 people for a more personalized experience. Hear detailed information about the sea and weather conditions, and the last known coordinates and patterns of the dolphins’ behavior from the previous days to help you locate the animals. Travel at a speed of around 25 knots, depending on the sea conditions, as you look for magnificent sea mammals for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Benefit from a 90% chance to encounter the beautiful creatures in their natural environment – although as an act or nature sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Lagos: Dolphin Watching Half-Day Cruise & Water Activities

4. Lagos: Dolphin Watching Half-Day Cruise & Water Activities

Experience an amazing encounter with dolphins in their natural habitat and take the unique opportunity to see them socializing, frolicking, and feeding up close. You'll learn from your experienced and friendly crew about the unique habits of these gentle and highly intelligent sea creatures. Make sure you keep an eye out for other amazing cetaceans such as orcas and fin whales as well. After the dolphin watching, you'll have the chance to enjoy water activities on a peaceful and secluded bay. Go for a swim, sunbathe, and jump on the water slide. Have fun with your family and friends as you enjoy the modern brand-new catamaran as well as a complimentary healthy snack.

Lagos: Dolphin-Watching Boat Tour

5. Lagos: Dolphin-Watching Boat Tour

Embark on an unforgettable catamaran trip where you can watch dolphins off the coast of Lagos. See common and bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat and admire the Algarve coast from a unique perspective.  Board the catamaran at the Marina of Lagos and set sail for the Algarve coast. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the coast, composed of towering cliffs, hidden coves, and vast expanses of pristine sands on your way out to sea. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that are inaccessible by land.  With the help of your guide, spot common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and maybe even minke whales. Learn more about the dolphins' habits from your guide before returning to Lagos.

Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

6. Lagos: Scenic Cruise to the Benagil and Carvoeiro Caves

Explore the Algarve shoreline on this cruise from Lagos to the Benagil and Carvoeiro caves. Travel at high speeds in a new 18-seater rigid inflatable boat with comfortable padded benches. Capture pictures of the stunning Algar de Benagil cave. Board the ship in Lagos and let the wind whip through your hair on a thrilling ride past the picturesque beachside towns Alvor, Portimão and Carvoeiro. Ride by remote and pristine Algarve beaches.  Stop at the caves of Carvoeiro where you can admire how the fantastical rock formations contrast with the deep blue waves. Marvel at these dramatic cliffside landscapes. Head to Algar de Benagil where you can take a photo with one of the most famous caves in the world. Let the way the light floods in through the skylight of the cave take your breath away. Return to your meeting point in Lagos at the end of your tour. 

Algarve Dolphin Watching

7. Algarve Dolphin Watching

Depart from the Lagos Marina aboard a brand new speedboat, designed and built in 2019 to provide all comfort, safety and the best visibility while searching for dolphins along the coast. Search for multiple species such as common dolphins, bottlenose, Risso's dolphin, harbour porpoise. Discover other species of sea creatures such as tunas, turtles, whales, and different types of birds as you cruise along the beautiful Algarve coast.

Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour

8. Lagos: Dolphin Watching Tour

Go on an adventure across the water on a rigid inflatable boat and see different dolphins, such as the common dolphin, the harbor porpoise, and Risso’s dolphin, all swimming in their natural habitat. Take a journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean to just outside the Algarve Coast, the perfect place to see an abundance of dolphins and other marine species. Led by an experienced guide, you’ll learn more about the dolphins you see, well known for their intelligence and playfulness.

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What people are saying about Lagos

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 18 reviews

You always felt safe on the boat and picked up by the guides. The process was great and you could see the animals from every side of the ship. A great event that you absolutely must have done. Words cannot describe seeing such animals in the wild. Skip the zoo & book this tour instead! Absolutely to recommend. :)

The fast ride brings a lot of fun with it. However, you really shouldn't have any back problems. We were also lucky enough to see dolphins. All in all, a successful tour. Incidentally, you will be equipped with waterproof jackets and life jackets.

An unforgettable result. We saw over 100 dolphins. So mesmerizing and so beautiful. At the end there was something informative about the behavior of the animals. Highly recommended.

We were able to see around 10 common dolphins. The crew was super nice and professional, and even though the sea was quite wavy, were the biologists capable of finding dolphins.

We got to see dolphins from up close! Amazing experience and very informative too. Would definitely recommend!